Here, you'll find answers to our most frequently asked
ActivHeal is a range of wound care dressings indicated for use
on a variety of chronic and acute wounds.
The dressings have been developed to keep the wound moist which
creates an ideal wound healing wound environment, protecting the
wound and protecting the peri-wound area.
Moist wound healing was a term coined by Winter (1962) that was
discovered when superficial wounds in pigs, covered with polythene,
healed nearly twice as quickly as those left to dry and scab. The
polythene retained moisture in contact with the wound supporting,
epithelial cell migration.
The theory of moist wound healing led to the development of many
modern day occlusive dressings that provide a moist healing
ActivHeal is available through NHS Supply Chain, and is also
available in pharmacies through the Drug Tariff.
ActivHeal is a wound care range designed and developed to be
used on chronic and acute wounds.
The variety of different indications of the dressings makes
ActivHeal the ideal dressing range to be used on a wound through
the different stages of wound healing.
ActivHeal Alginate is made from seaweed; from a combination of
the stem and the leaf of the seaweed, as this gives different
performance of the dressings, e.g. high wet strength, high
absorbency etc. ActivHeal Alginate is in fact high in guluronic
acid, ensuring the product has a high wet strength.
There is evident to support that alginates break down into
simple monosaccharide type residue and are totally absorbed by the
Our alginate dressings have regulatory approval through a CE
Mark, which has approved the use of our product to claim that the
dressing can be used to control minor bleeding.
Yes, Aquafiber can be used under compression bandaging. One of
Aquafiber's key attributes is the vertical wicking properties of
the dressing. This enables clinicians to layer the dressing onto
the wound without the risk of the peri-wound maceration.
No, Aquafiber should not be wet and used on necrotic wounds, as
the dressing does not donate fluid - a hydrogel should be used for
this purpose. Aquafiber is primarily for the absorption of exudate
and providing a moist wound environment which would facilitate
autolytic debridement of necrotic tissue if present in an exuding
- Our Alginate product is high in Gulronic acid which is taken
from the stems of the seaweed. This provides a high wet
- Aquafiber is high in Maluronic acids, which is taken from the
leaf of the seaweed. This provides high flexibility and clear
Both Aquafiber and Alginate provide similar properties during
wound healing; however, if maceration is a concern, then the
vertical wicking properties of the Aquafiber will reduce the risk
of maceration and provide clear gelling properties.
- Waterproof - Allows the patient to shower -
Protects the wound from urinary incontinence
- Bacterial Barrier - Prevents wounds from
becoming infected - Prevents bacteria from cross-contaminating
- Soft and Conformable - Comfortable for
the patient - Conforms to the contours of the body - Helps the
dressing to stay in place
- Low Friction Backing - Reduces rucking of
dressing - Increases wear time, Effective absorption properties -
Ensures that the wound does not become macerated, Increases the
wear time of the dressing
- Maintains a moist wound healing environment,
helps to facilitate wound healing, prevents
desiccation of the wound bed, allows
autolytic debridement if required
- Reduces the risk of maceration - Ensures that
the peri-wound does not breakdown, improves healing outcome
- Non Adhesive - Makes it ideal for friable skin
and for use under compression bandaging.
ActivHeal Foam Adhesive is an ideal wound dressing to aid the
management of wound exudate to prevent wound maceration and aid the
body through its natural wound healing process.
The MVTR stands for Moisture Vapour Transfer Rate - this is
where the exudate from a wound is passed through the dressing in a
form of vapour. This is not a useful trait if the dressing is
The absorbency of the dressing is the measurement of exudate
that is absorbed into the foam and is removed from the wound bed
preventing wound maceration.
The total fluid handling is the combination of the MVTR and
absorbency of the dressing.
Our film-backed dressing provides a low-profile dressing,
whereas our foam-backed dressing provides an increased
The foam-backed hydrocolloid is a useful property when comfort
is important for the patient experience. They both have similar
total fluid handling capabilities.
No, you cannot use ActivHeal Hydrogel in conjunction with maggot
therapy, as it contains propylene glycol which would in effect kill
However, thoroughly cleansing the wound prior to maggot therapy,
ensuring that the gel is completely removed, will allow maggot
therapy to be carried out successfully.
The majority of gels mainly consist of water with ActivHeal,
containing 85% water, propylene, glycol, and other polymers.
It is recommended that either a foam or film is used as a
secondary dressing to hold the gel in place.
ActivHeal Foam Tracheostomy should be placed around tracheostomy
and other fixation devices so the pink side of the dressing is
facing upwards. The pink film backing is the waterproof bacterial
barrier and will therefore ensure the protection of the wound
If you would like more information regarding the application
of the ActivHeal Foam Tracheostomy dressing you can download
our application guide by clicking
ActivHeal Hydrogel is single use only - so once this has been
used on the patient, please dispose.